GUEST BLOG Katie R. Day,
Quinnipiac University School of Law, J.D. Candidate 2018
You don’t want to wait until the end of the semester or you’ll end up cramming and feeling overwhelmed.
Spring break is generally thought of as being a much-needed break from the hectic law school schedule.
It’s a time to relax, maybe take a vacation, and enjoy not having class. While I do believe you should use your spring break to de-stress, I encourage you not to check out completely. There are a few things that you can do during spring break to make the end of the semester a bit easier.
Get going on those outlines. I know outlines are probably the last thing you want to think about over spring break, but trust me, you’ll be glad you did. Just taking a few hours to get organized and get started (or make some progress) will help you feel less stressed when exams come around.
Update your resume. Whether you’re a 3L looking for a post-grad job or a 1L/2L looking for a summer position, spring break is a great time to make sure your resume is up to date and ready to go when a job opens up. As the end of semester gets closer and you get busier this will be one less thing on your plate. If you’re feeling really ambitious, visit job boards and set some job alerts so you’ll get notified when new jobs are posted.
Get caught up. If you’re behind on reading or some assignments, this is the time to get back on track. You don’t want to wait until the end of the semester or you’ll end up cramming and feeling overwhelmed.
Make a plan. Take a look at what you have coming up in the next few weeks and what you’d like to accomplish before the end of the semester. Need to finish your note? Want to schedule a time to talk to career services? Have a big final paper that will be assigned soon? Make a note of these things and set aside some time in the coming weeks to work on them. By planning now, you won’t forget about something and have to rush to get it all done.
Take care of “housekeeping” tasks. No, I don’t mean laundry or cleaning, but you can certainly do that too! I’m talking about administrative things or necessities. Get your car serviced, go to the doctor, do your taxes. Those things may not be fun, but you’ll feel better once you can check them off your list.
3Ls, prep for graduation! By spring break, you’ve probably gotten emails about ordering your cap and gown, applying for a concentration, choosing the name for your diploma, etc. This is a great time to double check that these have been done. It’s also a good time to plug away at your bar application!
How will you be spending your spring break? Let me know! Tweet me at @The3LLife!